ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the American Trucking Associations’ not-for-profit research organization, Tuesday launched the 2017 Top Industry Issues Survey.
The annual survey, commissioned by ATA, asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue.
The survey is in its 13th year and participation by trucking stakeholders has grown each year.
“ATRI's annual survey provides a chance for thousands of trucking industry professionals, from drivers to executives, to weigh in on the most important topics that affect trucking and collectively decide on the roadmap for addressing each. With your participation, we can speak with a collective industry voice on what is most important to us,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio.
Last year’s survey generated a record-breaking 3,285 responses, 64.5 percent of which came from professional truck drivers, followed by 27.8 percent from motor carriers and 7.7 percent from other industry stakeholders.
The top three overall concerns were the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, Hours of Service and cumulative economic impacts of trucking regulations on the industry.
However, when broken out by group, motor carriers rated the driver shortage as the top concern followed by the ELD mandate and the economic impact of regulations.
Drivers rated the ELD mandate as the top concern, Hours of Service second and truck parking third.
The results of the 2017 survey will be released at the Annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 21-24 in Orland, Florida.
Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey available on ATRI's website at truckingresearch.org.